We kept on being told that mum had verrucous carcinoma and not to worry as it is slow growing and Not aggressive! What a load of rubbish that turned out to be!!!!!When the first surgery took place it was localised to the mouth with 3mm bony erosion of mandible. T3N0M0!that was the end of November! By Feb.....Palliate!!! No hurry for surgery said the surgeons....its a slow growing tumor!!!!
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Mum went in to have surgery on her oral cavity to remove a tumor and when the surgeons "opened her up" they got a little surprise.....the tumor was bigger than they thought! It had invaded the mandible! They did not do any medical imaging whatsoever prior to surgery! They went in blind! Second opinion surgeon agreed that this was wrong! Then to cut a long story short.....she was to have a mandibulectomy but had to wait and wait............cancer became more aggressive due to it being disrupted by surgery (cancer does not like being disturbed by surgery or by being irradiated...it de-differentiates and becomes more aggressive) By the time surgery date is planned......2.5 months post first op.....tumor is inoperable............palliate!!!!
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Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.